27 August 2021

Student Update

Over and over again the Psalmist calls out to the living God in and from all sorts of circumstances – good, bad, predictable, and unexpected. Psalm 46 reminds us that:  

God is a safe place to hide,
ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.   
      (Psalm 46:1-3 The Message)

While today’s government announcement may or may not be what we wanted to hear, it gives us some clarity for the following week.  


Our Christchurch, Manukau and Henderson campuses will remain closed under Level 3 and Level 4, and learning will continue online. As we have experienced previously, we will not be able to gather again on campus until Level 2, and then with some restrictions. We will keep you updated as the situation unfolds. 


We have done this before and we can do it again. We are dedicated to helping you succeed in your study so please reach out if you are struggling or need support in any way.

If you have any questions about your study or lectures next week please contact your school administrator.  

You can also book a time to chat with your Student Support Advisor. Student Support will continue to be available to students throughout the campus closures, and you will be able to access academic and pastoral support. 


  • Please check Moodle and your Laidlaw email daily.  
  • Please continue to check locations of interest which are updated regularly.  
  • Please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to register if you were potentially exposed and for advice on testing.

If you discover you need to be tested and to self-isolate please let us know at [email protected]


We have regular opportunities to connect online. Please check the latest Tūhono newsletter for these, or join our Laidlaw College Community Facebook Group.


As we seek to respond wisely, let us in our bubbles and together press in to God – who is our ultimate source of confidence amidst any disruption.  

We pray you are doing well in lockdown, and look forward to when we can gather again on campus. In this time we pray that “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)